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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned 5 December 1989 following return from loan to Dover Castle (Loan L7).

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass hilt comprising oval pommel on a stand and with a prominent tang-button, D-shaped knuckle-guard which spreads to form a heart-shaped stool around the blade, and very short rear quillon with drop-finial inclined towards the blade. Wire-bound grip. Curved or slightly curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller almost at the back, extending for the greater part of its length.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: grip lacks wire binding and leather covering; blade has short ricasso, barely discernable on faces of blade; near hilt blade edges and faces show signs of vice damage.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 860 mm (33 7/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 715 mm (28 3/16 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 37 mm (1.46 or approx. 1 7/16 in.) Weight: 790 g. (1 lb 12 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): XIII.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: DAWE[S] (Dawes) (the D and E faint).


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Dawes, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.